News from the Reference Desk Category: Community

Help with Hoarding

Did you miss our April 10th Hoarding 101 program presented by the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago? Not to worry.  Below, please find some helpful resources for those – or loved ones of those – struggling with hoarding behavior or Hoarding Disorder.


Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago
Psychology Today Search Results for Hoarding Treatment Centers in Chicago 
Chicagoland Hoarding Task Force

Cleanout Services:
Red’s Hauling Services
1-800 Junk Removal 

Professional Organizers
Clear Your Space – Linda Parks (Chicago)
Altogether Organized – Linda Goldman

Local Groups:
Buried in Treasures Group at Frisbie Senior Center – Contact Dori at 847/421-5104

Village of Mount Prospect Help:
Human Services Department
50 South Emerson Street
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Phone: 847-870-5680

Upcoming Events:
OCD & Hoarding Learning Expo

Books at MPPL:
Overcoming compulsive hoarding : why you save & how you can stop / Fugen Neziroglu
Stuff: Compulsive hoarding and the meaning of things / Randy O. Front & Gail Steketee
The secret lives of hoarders : true stories of tackling extreme clutter / Matt Paxton with Phaedra Hise.
Dirty secret : a daughter comes clean about her mother’s compulsive hoarding / Jessie Sholl

Re-entry Help

Do you know someone who is reentering the community after having served time in prison?
Below are some resources that may be helpful.

Illinois Re-Entry Resources 
A website for people returning home from prison, created by the Education Justice Project and Chi Hack Night.

Safer Foundation One of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of services designed exclusively for people with criminal records.

Prison Fellowship 
Trains and inspires churches and communities—inside and outside of prison—to support the restoration of those affected by incarceration.

Ear Hustle
A Podcast that brings you the stories of life inside prison, shared by those living it.

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Getting Help with the House

Owning a home is a worthwhile but often challenging experience.  Issues surrounding purchasing, financing and maintaining a home are complex.  Area homeowners or prospective homeowners can get guidance from the Northwest Housing Partnership.  On Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 9:30 am at the Mount Prospect Public Library the Partnership will offer a series of presentations on homeownership. Six professionals in the areas of law, finance, and real estate will share guidelines and pathways for buying and maintaining a home. Information about the various programs offered by the Partnership, such as the Handyman Program, will also be provided. Each professional will also be available to answer questions. Come and learn about resources for home buying and home maintenance guidance that are available nearby.  You can register here for the program.

Have Your Voice Heard!

The Village of Mount Prospect is providing opportunities for members of the communities to have their voices heard in regards to the future of Mount Prospect.

Coffee with Council – New “Open House” FormatImage result for coffee with council

Tomorrow, Saturday, December 8th, drop in to Coffee with Council which now has a new “Open House” format to accommodate residents’ busy holiday schedules. Village elected officials and staff will be available for an informal chat about anything concerning Mount Prospect – drop in anytime between 9 and 11am. Come as you are, go as you please – families are welcome. While you’re there, enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee and a sweet treat.

Call 847-818-5300 for more information. Coffee with Council is typically held on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Image result for village of mount prospect strategic planContribute to the 2019 Strategic Plan

Village staff and elected officials would appreciate your thoughts on what they should include in the 2019 Strategic Plan. They have provided an open-response online survey which is open now through January 6, 2019 and can be found here:  Click here to view and complete the survey.

Don’t know what is included in a Strategic Plan? Each year since 2015, Village staff and Village Board work together to complete a Strategic Plan. This document helps identify top and high priority projects which will be the focus for various departments in the following year. Both immediate and longer-term items (5, 15 years into the future) are addressed in the Strategic Plan, which also includes overall Vision, Goals, and Action Items. To take a look at a 2-page compressed view of 2018’s 200+ page strategic plan, try taking a look at last year’s Strategic Plan Implementation Guide In Brief. 

New Non-Profit Moves In

Image result for lemons of loveLemons of Love, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that creates, fills, and delivers chemo care packages to those in need, has recently moved into Mount Prospect.

The new location of their Cancer Resources Center is right in the heart of town at 406 W. Central. The building turned out beautiful and they cannot wait to support the cancer community in so many ways!

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